Thriller/Grit Lit/Crime Fiction recommendations needed…

If you’ve been reading my blog for a while, you will know that I wrote my final year dissertation on Gillian Flynn. Flynn has written Sharp Objects, Dark Places,Gone Girl and The Grownups! She is a thriller/ crime fiction/ grit- lit writer and I am DESPERATE to read more books like hers because I adore them. 

I have read Before I go to Sleep, The Girl on the Train and othe books like that so I need your help and I need you to give me some more to read…

I am currently reading The Book of You by Claire Kendal!!!

Am I obsessed? 

I absolutely adore Gillian Flynn guys!! Love love love her writing and now I am writing my dissertation on her! 🙋🏼

Do you love Gillian Flynn? Feeling a little obsessed with? (Join the club!!) 

If you haven’t read anything by her, sprint to your closest bookshop and frantically search for anything and everything written by her because she is extraordinary.

Let’s discuss what makes her great, comment below! 


I could lie and say not all of the copies are mine but they are! Ahhh sbbdbbdjdkfbjs I just cannot resist and this is only Gone Girl- I have copies of all her other books in a few different versions.

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Author Spotlight – Gillian Flynn

I previously posted these on my University blog for one of my modules…

If you haven’t heard of Gillian Flynn, where have you been? Last year one of her books was made into a worldwide successful seller – this book/film is called Gone Girl. It quickly became a literary sensation; selling over 2 million copies.  I find her writing compelling, frightening and extraordinary. Before I read Gone Girl I did not realise my passion and obsession for the genre crime thriller; how exciting and intriguing I found it.gillian-flynn

To this date, she has written four books; 

1.In 2006 she released her first book – Sharp Objects which contains themes of a dysfunctional family,self-harm and violence. As the narrative unravels the reader is forced to become active and keep guessing at who the serial killer is. This book will be made into a television series.

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2. In 2009 she released her second book – Dark Places which tackles themes of sexual and alcoholic abuse, alongside the daunting grief of death. This book has been made into a film which will be released soon.

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3. In 2012 she released her third book – Gone Girl which depicts the concerns between husband and wife and how the media can construct and story and build evidence against an innocent. Not only was this book at number one of the New York bestseller list for eight weeks but it was also made into a popular film.

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4. In 2015 she released her forth book- The Grownup – “A canny young woman is struggling to survive by perpetrating various levels of mostly harmless fraud” I recently read this one and absolutely loved it, although it was really short it still captivated me and made me want me. 

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I have read four out of four of the books above and the extraordinary aspect of Flynn’s writing is that each one ended completely different to how I expected it to, the way in which she manipulates the narrative through changing the point of view throughout is astounding and amazes me every time I read them. I am sure that her latest release will not disappoint, have any of you read it and want to encourage me further to pick it up?  The way each of her stories is about a strong and opinionated female protagonists who takes control of the dark and twisted plots makes me proud and empowered as a women to see them at the front line of literature today.

If you haven’t guess yet, I adore Flynn!

If you haven’t read any of her books, go to a bookshop now and pick up one of her books or click the links below for Amazon.

A girl can never have too many books…

I got some new books, woo! I have a problem okay, even though my reading list in is the 100 I cannot stop buying books and adding them to that list. Send help because I need it!

1. Still Alice by Lisa Genova

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Alice Howland is proud of the life she worked so hard to build. At fifty, she’s a cognitive psychology professor at Harvard and a renowned expert in linguistics, with a successful husband and three grown children. When she begins to grow forgetful and disoriented, she dismisses it for as long as she can until a tragic diagnosis changes her life – and her relationship with her family and the world around her – for ever.

Unable to care for herself, Alice struggles to find meaning and purpose as her concept of self gradually slips away. But Alice is a remarkable woman, and her family learn more about her and each other in their quest to hold on to the Alice they know. Her memory hanging by a frayed thread, she is living in the moment, living for each day. But she is still Alice.

2. The Shock of the Fall by Nathan Filer

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I’ll tell you what happened because it will be a good way to introduce my brother. His name’s Simon. I think you’re going to like him. I really do. But in a couple of pages he’ll be dead. And he was never the same after that.’

There are books you can’t stop reading, which keep you up all night.

There are books which let us into the hidden parts of life and make them vividly real.

There are books which, because of the sheer skill with which every word is chosen, linger in your mind for days.

The Shock of the Fall is all of these books.

The Shock of the Fall is an extraordinary portrait of one man’s descent into mental illness. It is a brave and ground breaking novel from one of the most exciting new voices in fiction.

3. The Girl With All The Gifts by M.R.Carey

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Every morning, Melanie waits in her cell to be collected for class.

When they come for her, Sergeant Parks keeps his gun pointing at her while two of his people strap her into the wheelchair. She thinks they don’t like her. She jokes that she won’t bite. But they don’t laugh.

Melanie is a very special girl

4. The Night Circus by Erin Morgenstern

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Opens at Nightfall

Closes at Dawn

As the sun disappears beyond the horizon, all over the tents small lights begin to flicker, as though the entirety of the circus is covered in particularly bright fireflies. When the tents are all aglow, sparkling against the night sky, the sign appears.

Le Cirque des Rêves

The Circus of Dreams.

Now the circus is open.

Now you may enter.

5. Dark Places by Gillian Flynn

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Your brother murdered your family. Your evidence put him away . . . the gripping second novel from the author of the mega-bestselling GONE GIRL.

Libby Day was just seven years old when her older brother massacred her family while she hid in a cupboard. Her evidence helped put him away. Ever since then she has been drifting, surviving for over 20 years on the proceeds of the ‘Libby Day fund’. But now the money is running out and Libby is desperate. When she is offered $500 to do a guest appearance, she feels she has to accept. But this is no ordinary gathering. The Kill Club is a group of true-crime obsessives who share information on notorious murders, and they think her brother Ben is innocent.

Ben was a social misfit, ground down by the small-town farming community in which he lived. But he did have a girlfriend – a brooding heavy metal fan called Diondra. Through her, Ben became involved with drugs and the dark arts. When the town suddenly turned against him, his thoughts turned black. But was he capable of murder? Libby must delve into her family’s past to uncover the truth – no matter how painful…

Have you read any of these?  If so, what did you think?